(OH MY GAWD ... THE MALL ... SHOPPING ... DON'T MAKE ME!!!!)
"We better be home by 9," says her Evil Mother. "Because if we're not, we've been at the mall waaaaaaay too long."
"My show is on at 9," says the Roo-girl. "I have to watch 'Gossip Girl.' "
"Really," says her Evil Mother.
"Yes," says the Roo-girl. "They're starting college, and I have to be there for every minute!!!!"
"Bwahahahahaha," laughs her Evil Mother.
"And Chuck -- can you believe it, CHUCK!!!!!! -- said 'I love you' to Blair at the end of the last show," says the Roo-girl. "It was a cliffhanger!!!!!"
No, I couldn't believe it either. Imagine. "I love you" as a cliffhanger.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *We shared a teriyaki chicken bowl. Me with chopsticks, her with a fork.
I picked up -- and promptly dropped -- a chopstickful of rice all over the table.
"Sheesh, I think I'm even messier than you," I said to her. "Hard to believe, but true. But then I am using chopsticks, and you ... "
She waggled her fork at me, meaningfully.
"Evolution, my friend," she smirked. "Evolution."
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Yes, there is nothing like going to the mall with a 15-year-old girl.
Nothing like the light in her eyes when she finds the perfect t-shirt. The perfect shoes. The perfect jacket.
With mom's perfect credit card.
God, I really am a sucker for that face.